Two students in Christy Watkins’ first grade class at Ewalt Elementary were surprised to learn that they were winners in the KPTS Young Authors Contest: Be More With Words. Thursday morning they received a surprise visit from Sheila Shaw, KPTS Education Outreach Coordinator and Clifford the Big Red Dog from popular children's books, who delivered the exciting news.
Students composed original stories, including illustrations and the winning stories were chosen from 160 first grade entries this year.
Harrison Painter was the first place winner with his true story, “The Mission Trip.” Harrison told the story of a church mission trip and the sights along the way, including the Grand Canyon and Hollywood.
Logan Pfeifer was named the third place winner with his story, “The Lonely Tiger”, the story of a tiger who is different, but wants to be treated the same as others.
Each of the winners read their stories and shared the illustrations with their class.
“KPTS is grateful to all of our sponsors; Cargill, Domino’s Pizza, Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station, Sedgwick County Zoo, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita Public Library, Bombardier LearJet and CS&S Graphics for their support of the Young Authors Contest,” Shaw said and added, “And we want to thank Mrs. Watkins. She’s a big supporter of this program.”
During her interaction with the students, Shaw’s passion for the program and it’s promotion of encouraging the young students to combine their creativity, writing, illustrating and love for reading shines through. Both Shaw and Clifford manage to make all the kids feel like winners.
Harrison and Logan’s prizes included a pizza party for their entire class, a sketch pad and art kit. Both will be also be guests of the KPTS Wichita studio in June and be recorded reading their stories, which will be used for a commercial to air on the Public Broadcasting Station.
As first place winner, Harrison won a one year membership to Mark Kistler’s Video Art Academy (over 300 on-line video and animated art lessons) and a KPTS 2013 Kids Club Membership.
In addition to his prizes, Logan also won a $50 Gift Card from Watermark Books & Cafe.
For more information on the Young Authors Contest go to: http://www.kpts.org/kids-and-family/young-authors-contest/.